Controlling Dog Fighting a Challenge for Texas Officials


On Sept. 1, a new law that was passed two months before football star Michael Vick was indicted on federal dogfighting charges will make running a dogfight a felony in Texas — and could land observers of staged canine combat in the pokey, according to the Dallas Morning News. The new law, which passed the state Legislature unanimously, strengthened a state statute that had already outlawed staged dogfights.

Officials told the Morning News that they hope the stiffer penalties will deter dogfighting, which is becoming more common across the state. But some are concerned that the law will have little effect because catching fights as they occur is difficult and dogfighting charges are hard to successfully prosecute.


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